Model who claimed to have recordings revealing Trump-Russia ties detained in Moscow: report

A model who claimed to have recordings revealing ties between President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE and Russians was detained in Moscow Thursday on prostitution allegations.

Police in Moscow announced that Anastasia Vashukevich was detained at the Sheremetyevo airport, according to The Washington Post.


Vashukevich was deported from Thailand earlier in the day after spending nine months in prison on charges of conspiracy and soliciting prostitution.

Early during her sentence the Belarusian escort said she had 16 hours of audio recordings from August 2016 that allegedly include Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, talking about that year’s U.S. presidential election. 

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Vashukevich offered the tapes to the U.S. in exchange for asylum. Thai officials turned down a FBI request to meet with Vashukevich and another “sex coach” to discuss the information regarding the alleged tapes.

However, in August, Vashukevich said she had given the tapes to Deripaska for “a little something” in return.

Deripaska has denied any wrongdoing.

There is no evidence that the audio tapes showed contact between Trump campaign members and Russia.